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NASA's Global Hawk A-OK for GRIP Hurricane Campaign
 
NASA’s Global Hawk takes off Aug. 15 for a functional check flight of the aircraft payload system and science instruments. › Larger view
NASA’s Global Hawk soars aloft from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Aug. 15 on a functional check flight of the aircraft payload system and science instruments for the Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes, or GRIP, mission. The aircraft, one of two Global Hawks operated by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, flew for six hours at altitudes up to 60,000 feet in Edwards' restricted airspace in preparation for the campaign to study hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the Western Atlantic. The grey fairing on the bottom of the aircraft houses the High Altitude Imaging Wind and Rain Profiler, or HIWRAP, radar instrument that details wind characteristics within hurricanes. NASA mission officials report the check flight met all objectives, with research instruments and systems performing well. Photo: ED-10-0233-22 Credit: NASA/Tony Landis